Baby Nora: 10 Months

Nora and I are currently sitting in the hospital with Matt. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you probably know by now that Matt has been in the hospital just over 24 hours now for Rhabdomyolysis. It's basically a weird thing that happened after he worked out on Friday evening. The muscle breakdown is releasing myoglobin into his bloodstream, and his kidneys can't keep up with filtering it out. He's getting lots of fluids, and they're managing his pain while monitoring his liver and kidney function. His arms are really swollen from his forearm to past his bicep and he has very limited range of motion, but other than that he is in good spirits and feeling ok. Please pray for complete internal healing and also reduction of swelling in his arms - Nora and I miss him at home!

While we were in Iowa, I decided to take a few outdoor photos to document Nora at 10 months. She has spent a lot of time outdoors, but usually it's when we're eating outside or going for walks so she hasn't been in the grass much. It was so funny watching her for the first time. She is typically fearless and adventurous, but in the grass she displayed caution. In the photo above she is reaching as far as she can for a weed because she refused to crawl in the grass! She's explored a little more since then and now crawls really fast through grass. 

Stats: At Nora's 9 month appointment, she weighed 18.1 pounds and was just under 27 inches long. Her growth rate has slowed a little bit, and she's grown just 1/4 inch since her 6 month appointment. The doctor suggested we amp up her food (which is not a problem because she loves to eat!), and they will check her again at 12 months to see how she's grown. By 10 months, her other top front tooth cut through (5 teeth total)! 

Activities: Nora has really shown an interest in books the past month or so. We have a little bookshelf in the bonus room (where she plays most of the day) that houses a few of her books. She likes to take them all off the shelf and will "read" to herself, push her books around while she crawls (sliding this way also makes her faster - smart girl!), and loves to point and turn the pages when we read to her. 

We're helping her take steps now, and she can stand on her own but usually sits down after a few seconds. She's still pulling up on furniture and cruising around the room! She's starting to enjoy more interactive and cause/effect toys and finally seems to actually enjoy bath time!

Food: This month we've cut way back on purees and have transitioned to more table foods! She loves all kinds of fruits cut into little pieces, steamed veggies, and toast. She's also had greek yogurt, pasta, and homemade spaghetti o's (recipe here). I've stopped making purees for the most part since she mainly eats them when we are out. Instead, we've been buying the baby food pouches and really love the Happy Tot brand. Nora started squeezing them herself, which makes them extra convenient on the go! 

Sleep: The sleep routine is still the same. Naps twice a day, morning and afternoon, for anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. Our bedtime routine has been working great, and Nora usually goes down on her own right away. We've started using a real toothbrush now, and she loves getting her teeth brushed. She has even started to hold onto the toothbrush and help :). 

That's all for this month!
+, Lauren Aiken
 P.S. The blog got a little makeover this weekend! I also added social media buttons in the right sidebar so you can easily follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest :). 


  1. Looks great! I think this means you need to blog more often... ;)

  2. Nora is just SO precious... sending prayers for Matt... that sounds so scary but God is in control!!

  3. I can't believe Matt is in the hospital! What kind of crazy workout did he do? Crossfit or something?!

    I love hearing about baby Nora, keep the updates coming! She is adorable :)

  4. Your little girl is beautiful! I hope your husband heals quickly and is able to come home!

  5. She's the cutest thing I've ever seen. Wish you lived closer!!! :) Love the new header :)